What does the data you generate every day reveal about who you are? Commentator Tania Lombrozo wonders where to draw the line between reasonable inferences and violations of privacy.
We live in a world where science and technology are driving forces, shaping the trajectory of human culture. From climate change to energy resources to doping in sports, how should the science we discover inform policy and politics?
Is civilization on the brink of collapse? Every age has its seers who falsely claim that all is rotten. But it's also true, as a new study notes, that history is littered with examples of implosion.
Kids love animals. They love stories, too. Bring the two together, mix in a little science, and you suddenly have a potent teaching tool, says commentator Tania Lombrozo.
Sometimes a fake cigarette is real. Commentator Alva Noë on why the debate over banning electronic cigarettes turns more on the use of symbols than it does on the facts.
What happens when you ask a lot of really smart people what worries them? You get lots of very good reasons to worry about the future of our civilization and planet. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser is your guide to this fascinating exercise in intellectual anxiety.
As the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia, commentator Barbara J. King suggests that we can combine attention to issues of gay rights and animal welfare with full-out enjoyment of the skill and dedication shown by the athletes in competition.
Communicating science inevitably involves a trade off between brevity and nuance. Commentator Tania Lombrozo confronts the dilemma with a 140-character challenge.
The real dilemma we face from climate change is keeping this machine we call civilization working in a rapidly changing natural world. Nature, life, will survive and thrive, regardless of what happens to humanity, says commentator Adam Frank.
A permit to kill an endangered black rhino in Africa sold for $350,000 at auction. Commentator Barbara J. King says we should look for ways other than charity hunts to support wildlife conservation.
Recent reporting on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has commentator Adam Frank questioning his views on the subject. At what point must belief in an ideal crumble in the face of evidence?